Our Impact

Since 1992 As You Sow has been using shareholder advocacy to move corporations into greater responsibility.

We have filed hundreds of shareholder resolutions and led hundreds more shareholder dialogues. These shareholder engagements have resulted in long-term positive change in behavior at the largest companies in the world.

2017 Successes

KFC, Burger King, and Wendy’s sign agreements with As You Sow to only purchase chicken raised without medically important antibiotics
• Unilever agrees to make all consumer product packaging recyclable
Target agrees to phase out polystyrene foam packaging in e-commerce
Pinnacle West, a utility infamous for trying to kill renewable energy standards in Arizona, issues a surprisingly strong policy for political spending disclosure pursuant to As You Sow’s resolution
• Signatories to Responsible Sourcing Network’s Cotton Pledge reach 270 brands, representing $1 trillion market cap
• Multiple coal-fired utilities make strong commitments on moving away from coal
• Number of fossil free, socially responsible mutual funds listed in Fossil Free Funds triples in just two years; assets under management more than triple
• As You Sow launches Tobacco Free Funds, exposing investments in tobacco and tobacco-promoting entertainment, calling on Hollywood to take smoking out of kid-rated films
• 3rd edition of our “100 Most Overpaid CEOs” report finds the five companies with the most overpaid CEOs lost 5% of company value over last two years

2016 Successes

• As You Sow launches the “Carbon Clean 200” report, jump-starting a dialogue on how investors can co-create a clean energy economy
• As You Sow publishes bestselling “Shareholder Action Guide” with practical information for any shareholder who wants to create a better world
• Resolutions filed with Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley create pressure to stop financing companies participating in the Dakota Access Pipeline and increase protections of indigenous peoples
• Two years after publishing the first Disclosing the Facts fracking scorecard, a majority of companies improve their disclosures; several cite their ranking in their own publications
• As You Sow, together with Friends of the Earth U.S., launches Deforestation Free Funds, exposing palm oil investments tied to rainforest destruction (www.DeforestationFreeFunds.org)

2015 Successes

Abbott Labs committed to offering a non-GMO Similac infant formula, a major victory that was announced and featured in the New York Times. GMO-free Similac is now on store shelves.
Dunkin’ Donuts announced it would remove titanium dioxide nanomaterials from its doughnuts. Press coverage included Time Magazine, CNN Money, live interviews on Al Jazeera, and a mention on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Disney committed to not show images of smoking in its youth-rated films, and our resolution with Time Warner became the first of its kind to be voted on by shareholders.
Honest Kids juice drink, a Coca-Cola brand, started testing recyclable paper cartons, to replace its current nonrecyclable foil pouches.
General Mills agreed to improve policies down their entire supply chain to protect bees and other pollinators from the impacts of pesticides.
Filings with ExxonMobil and Chevron greatly expanded the conversation around stranded carbon assets and the growing riskiness of owning fossil fuel stock.
First-of-its-kind resolutions seeking to link utility executive bonuses to carbon reductions, including at Ameren, Entergy, and Dominion, earned strong votes. Utilities in aggregate generate 33% of U.S. carbon emissions.
• Signatories to our Cotton Pledge Against Forced Labor exceeded 200 companies and brands, with Costco, Walgreens, and the parent company to Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein joining industry leaders such as Levi’s, Walmart, and Gap.